Sir Curse – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SC: We’re a theatrical one! We focus so much on the story behind each character we play on stage, and what our live performances are like. We often get compared to Kate Bush and System of a Down, which is actually really spot on to what we’re like!
We’re a female fronted rock band with a kick ass set of songs behind us. When you listen to us, I’d say expect the unexpected, be intrigued and ready for more.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SC: Ellen and I (Lyndsay) met in university where we formed Sir Curse after being inspired by horror shows like American Horror Story and the Brothers Grimm Fairytales. We absolutely loved combining sinister fairytales and circusy-rock music together. We met the boys (Eric, Bill, Aidan and Joe) not long after and began writing together. We’ve been together for about a year now, and since then it seems to have snowballed. We’ve just had our second single Graphite played on BBC Radio 6, and played Boomtown in 2019.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SC: I really love Kate Bush. I think she’s a musical genius and I don’t know where she gets her ideas. It’s a huge dream to be compared to her so I would say that’s my biggest driving force. I know Ellen (Keyboard) absolutely loves System of a Down and La Dispute. Bills (Guitar) a big fan of Iron Maiden. All of our influences are so varied, which helps cause Sir Curse is a big mismatch of genres.
When writing lyrics, I get inspired by visual things rather than real life situations. Because the song we write are all about murder, phsycosis, mass hysteria, kidnapping… none of that has happened to any of us (I don’t think anyway!!), so I always get inspired by TV shows, books, artwork and draw from that.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SC: It would be incredible to write a full album of songs. We have so many good songs that NEED to be out there. Our characters and storyline are really vital to the band, I’d love to create artwork and release a book or a YouTube series of all our stories.
We really want to play shows that have full set design, actors, dancers and pyrotechnics. I want fire on my queue!! We’d also love to branch out the South a bit more. We’ve done lots of Northern shows, it would be good to do a couple more down South.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SC: Ellen and I write the main skeleton of the songs. We start out really simple with just vocals and piano. We find that if a song sounds good completely stripped down first and then we add catchy bass lines, rival trumpet melodies and so on… it’s gonna be a great song!
More recently we’ve been a lot more collaborative. I think the more we write together the better the songs get. Graphite is definitely a team effort for sure. There’s such a good catchy riff on the guitar from Bill and Joe has a kick ass trumpet melody.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SC: Social media mainly. We focus on Facebook and Instagram. We want to start creating YouTube videos of us all in character chatting to the fans about what the next chapter of the story is!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SC: If it’s a small artist, that really really sucks… But streaming is so huge now, do people really download music illegally anymore?! Maybe I’m out of the loop.
YouTube has so much free music, artists seem to upload their entire albums now so if you’re illegally downloaded music still, you really wanna make your life difficult.
To be honest, unless you’re a successful band, you don’t get much money via streams anyway, so we wouldn’t be missing out on anything! It’s just nice to have the music out there. I feel really proud when I say you can listen to us on Spotify, it’s really cool.
Not that I’m encouraging people to illegally download music because that is really unnecessary.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why
SC: I’m gonna change this question to ‘which album’ because Hounds of Love from Kate Bush is an incredible art experience album. The first five songs were made to be hits, and then tracks six to twelve were made to follow a continuous storyline. I don’t know how she did it but that album is perfection.
I would love to have written The Chain by Fleetwood Mac. Everyone loves that song and always go wild for it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SC: When people are ignorant to the point where they contradict themselves and then don’t care when you call it out. Where’s your thought process at people?!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SC: Ellen and I had said since we met each other that we wanted to play Boomtown Fair. It’s a mind blowing experience. We played it in 2019 and it was amazing! After that things have been snowballing. I’d say another one high up on the list was playing our single launch for Graphite in our hometown, Leeds. It was absolutely packed, so many people were dancing, and singing along. It’s always really fun playing in Leeds.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SC: At the moment we’re focusing on writing. We’re ready to get back into the studio and start working on more material! Hopefully we will have something new out towards the end of 2020.
We’re also working on some new limited edition merchandise! You’ll have to check back on our website and facebook page to stay up to date with that.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
SC: We are BEYOND excited to be playing with the Electric Swing Circus on the 2nd of May in London and Hootananny Brixton.
It’s an entire evening of circus with clowns, dancers, the lot! Cannot wait for it!!
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